Sweden To Lead Meeting Of The 29 IEA Member Countries In Paris

Ibrahim Baylan To Lead International Meeting Of Energy Ministers In Paris

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On the 7–8 November, Sweden’s Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan will chair the International Energy Agency (IEA) Ministerial Meeting.

Ministers from the 29 IEA member countries and representatives of partner countries – including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Morocco and Mexico – and the world’s largest energy companies will gather in Paris. The IEA Ministerial Meeting is held every second year to provide direction for the IEA’s upcoming efforts, and the theme of this year’s meeting is bolstering energy security for sustainable global growth.

As chair, Mr Baylan has the important task of advancing and merging members’ interests. The chairmanship also provides the opportunity to bring up special Swedish priorities. Two such priorities are closer cooperation between the public and business sectors in energy-sector investments, and the opportunities provided by digital transformation to increase efficiency and smarter energy supply.
 
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“The energy transition currently under way is creating economic growth and new jobs, while also being good for the climate and the environment. We need to cooperate more at international level, especially with major growth economies such as China, India and Indonesia to speed up efforts,” says Mr Baylan.

In connection with the Ministerial Meeting, Sweden is organizing the Women in Clean Energy side event. The event aims to create awareness among decision-makers in the public and business sectors about the need and benefits of promoting women’s leadership and participation in the energy transition. It is hoped that the side event will lead to more actors moving from words to action to achieve gender equality in the energy sector.

“In order to manage the major societal challenges, such as access to energy and climate threats, everyone’s expertise must be used. We cannot be content with less than the equal contribution of men and women to the energy transition,” says Mr Baylan.

About the International Energy Agency (IEA)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) was founded in 1974 and is an independent body within the OECD. Today, the organization has four focus areas: security of supply, economic growth, environmental awareness and deepened global cooperation. The IEA’s core competencies are considered to be data collection and statistics, market and policy analysis, energy preparedness, research and technological cooperation, and support to the transition of energy systems.  IEA website

[Source: Government of Sweden -/- Media Relations]
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